U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Orders Pa Officials to Segregate & Count Ballots that Arrived After Election Day
Friday ordered Pennsylvania election officials to segregate and separately count ballots that arrived after Election Day.
Alito granted a request by the state’s Republican party to separate mail-in ballots received between 8 p.m. Nov. 3 and 5 p.m. Nov. 6 from those that arrived by Election Day, in accordance with state guidance. He ordered (pdf) that those segregated ballots must be kept “in a secure, safe and sealed container separate from other voted ballots.”
The justice, however, did not order the counties to stop counting but instead ordered those ballots to be counted separately.
The Republican Party of Pennsylvania had filed a request earlier on Friday (pdf) asking the court for an order to log, segregate, and not take any actions over mail-in ballots received after election day.